Alexander Lukashenko refused to sign a new plan to use regional forces of Belarus and Russia. He called for deliveries to Belarus Russian weapons at discount prices.
"No documents in due course I will not sign. So pass the defense minister and the president of Russia — quoted Alexander Lukashenko agency BelTA. — Is the High State Council, that he would meet — we will look at the plan. Now you have to report back to me. I know that my Russian counterpart, considered this plan, they agreed with him. Now we will consider it, and at the next session of the Supreme State Council will adopt. This is correct. Hiding we are nothing, we are open to the world. I think Russia also is going to something to hide. "
Alexander Lukashenko said that Belarus, Russia should help in ensuring the security of the Union State. "We will of course perform their functions, but we are able to perform only with the support of Russia, well at least the weapons — said the president of Belarus. — This is not an approach where we sometimes offer to buy weapons at his own expense, and even on the market, how they can say the price. Naturally, here, in this regard Russia is interested in the Belarusian army was in order. therefore need help. I say this in public, and I'm not afraid, I can repeat anywhere. "
Regional grouping of the armed forces of Belarus and Russia was created in 1999-2000. It should guarantee the military security of Belarus and the adjacent regions of Russia, as well as the Kaliningrad region of the Russian Federation and the Baltic Sea. The number of groups is about 300,000 soldiers, it includes the Belarusian army, as well as several military districts of the Russian Federation.
As noted by Lukashenko in 10 years since the creation of groups have been some changes, "including those forces which are against the Belarusian-Russian troops. "
"We certainly will faithfully perform their duties to protect, I believed, and still believe, our common homeland. Not a stranger to us in Belarus — is Our country, where we live, where our children will live, and not someone else's Russia. With Russia, we have always been and will be together, no matter what disasters may occur "- said Lukashenko.
The Belarusian leader added that Belarus makes a huge contribution to the world, providing not only their safety, "but the fraternal Russian, and not only in Russia. And it is for us to question the benefits, if you want the image. Yet and therefore we do not hide anything 're going. And so we believe all the time freeloaders. Society must know that we are not freeloaders, and perform the most important function of protection, including Russian state. That's the truth. "
The statement was made on the eve of the visit of Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who will arrive in Belarus in the evening at a joint meeting of the Foreign Ministers of both countries.
It is assumed that the session of the Supreme State Council of the Union of Belarus and Russia will take place after the presidential elections in Belarus.